How Timothy Two Project International Helps the Church to Honor God: Workshop Participant Testimonials


by Daniel L. Sonnenberg

Timothy Two Project International began in 2011 by sending one missionary to one nation in response to one pastor’s plea from Mindat, Burma. By the end of 2019, Timothy Two had more than 24 missionaries serving in 43 nations of Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Timothy Two exists to serve a critical need around the world. We are committed to equipping and training indigenous pastors and ministry leaders with the essential truths of the Christian faith so that they can train others.

Mission

Paul instructed Timothy to teach others to teach (2 Tim 2:2). This is at the heart of our mission. So, we not only teach the pastors; we teach them how to take what they learn and teach it in their churches and communities, as well.

…what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also…”

~ 2 Timothy 2:2

This way, the mandate from Christ in the Great Commission to “make disciples” can be accomplished in areas of the world where there is little or no formal biblical and theological training available.

Methodology

First, we provide study materials that teach important doctrines from the Bible. Next, we use these materials in intensive workshops in the field. These workshops have two parts: training the indigenous leaders, and training them to train others. Then, workbooks and resources are given to the indigenous leaders to help them to teach others – and to train those people to disciple others, too! 

​Finally, we are committed to the long-term success of local churches. To this end, ongoing support is provided to insure the vitality of the local church. ​​

Honoring God

Perhaps the best way to illustrate how Timothy Two helps the church to honor God in their lives is through the testimonies of some of the workshop participants. I work primarily in Latin America. So I will draw the testimonies from there.

Testimonials

Francisco

“I want to share what this workshop has done for us. It brings a lot of knowledge in the Word of God to every student. These are some of the things I have learned:

  1.  I have learned to worship God, to be in love with Him, and that causes me to be more willing to obey and to praise Him.
  2. I have learned how to guide a group of people under my charge. It has caused us to put in order the work of God in our church, and it has taught me the requirements that every leader must have.
  3. I have learned how to evangelize non-believers, and also about the spiritual gifts we have received from the Lord. This workshop challenges me with the help of God to serve others with love.
  4. I thank all the sisters and brothers – my fellow participants in the class – because by being in the workshop together we have learned from each other.”
Rosa Lina

“The Timothy Two seminar has helped me to teach my daughter’s father (he was not a believer). But now, by the grace of God, he attends church, and he is now a member of the congregation with us and is receiving doctrinal studies in our church. The seminars have been a great blessing to my life and my family. I have a lot to teach my little daughter, who is now 6 years old, about walking with God and about the work of the Lord. It has been a great tool to teach in my church with the young people. In fact there are new youth leaders that are being equipped though this material. I have been using it also to train teachers from Sunday school in our church. By this means we are spreading the teaching we have received and the teachers can share this with the children they have in Sunday school.”

Yesenia

“As a young person, I want to share with you my thankfulness for the time and resources invested in us. Everything I have learned from the four Timothy Two workshops has been a great blessing. It challenges me to keep learning and knowing more about God and to share with others the knowledge I have received. I also want to share how by knowing God in Workshop I, we learn how to love him in Workshop II. This love causes us to trust in Him as we learned in Workshop III. And in thankfulness to Him we serve God with all our heart as we learned in Workshop IV. I feel so happy to have been able to receive all this knowledge. It makes me feel, as a young girl, strong in my faith and motivated to keep going and to teach other young people and anyone else who wants to learn and know more about God. I am endlessly thankful for such valuable knowledge you have brought to us. Thank you for the inspiration you have brought to my life to keep on in my faith!”

Walter

“ I am thankful for all the benefits it brings to the church of our Lord Jesus Christ all over the world, and in my case, to this part of the church in my country. Each one of the workshops has a variety of themes that are explained biblically, yet presented with the simplicity that is characteristic of the message of the kingdom of God. The teachings contained in the Timothy Two workshops, in addition to the material you gave us on the flash drive from Third Millenium Ministries, have become the basis for the teachings I have shared with many brothers and sisters in various ministry groups and churches. And through these teachings, I have been inspired to pursue further biblical and theological training as a student of the Theological Seminary of Birmingham and to continue the work of discipleship within the Body of Christ. Thank you all for the hard work.”

Carolina

“Words cannot express the deepest feeling I have in my heart and the thankfulness for the time, efforts of all kinds, patience, love and dedication to us, and the contribution to the church, the Body of Christ here . My personal experience in teaching these materials has been more one-on-one: with families close to us, with individuals and with our own children. We open our house to families once a week and we use these materials to study and then to pray with them for their children. Also, I have shared specific themes with individuals according to their current needs. For example, I shared with a beloved sister how to overcome grief and depression. She had been struggling with this since her son’s disappearance and had gone an entire year without any information or finding his body, so she was in deep despair. Also, we use these materials to study with our children, ages 10 and 12. So far, we have used mostly the first workshop on the attributes of God to establish in them a firm doctrinal basis for their faith and the material from the third workshop on the themes related to children. As we have participated in these workshops over the past two years with people from other churches, I have learned about the diversity of the Body of Christ and the marvelous grace God has manifested differently in each of us. My husband and I are thankful to have had the opportunity to be participants in this training. Thank you for the opportunity to put the talents God has entrusted to me – as a workbook translator and a workshop interpreter – to serve our Lord and the beloved church here and in other Spanish-speaking countries.”

Yadan

“Timothy Two has been very important in my life, my home, my family and ministry, and it helps me to have a better relationship with my God. And it enabled me to make difficult but very important decisions regarding the ministry. I can see many things that I couldn’t see before.”

Jose Antonio

“These workshops have helped us in our spiritual life and are adapted to persons like us who have no academic degrees. They cause us to learn, they enrich our faith, they have trained us to teach others, and they help us practice what we have learned in our spiritual life. We have gained a strong assurance of what we are studying from the materials.

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